We find ourselves often giving recommendations of products to learn Russian with, and we thought it’d be useful to compile a list for your reference.
PrintThe famous Vis-Ed Russian vocabulary flashcards are well worth the price if you prefer learning away from your computer but don’t have the time to create your own set of flashcards. There’s no better place to start learning Russian vocabulary than at their roots. This book will not only show you why, and teach you how, but also provide you with countless example sentences and helpful exercises. A dictionary listing 10,000 Russian words by frequency. All the words have English translations, many have examples of usage and the entries include information on stress and grammatical irregularities.
PrintThis book is quite old but a classic. It focuses on grammar used in everyday conversation, and manages to do this very well if you’re already past the beginning stages. It’s a little dry and dull, but its low price and ‘dip in and out’ format means that it’s a handy compliment to your grammar-learning arsenal. A workbook which is best suited to advanced-level learners, as some of the exercises are quite involved. The grammar rules are well explained, and it goes into sufficient depth in the exceptions to the grammar rules that so often trip up students. Yes. This is a picture grammar dictionary! Excellent for visual learners, the book explains complex abstract grammatical structures using easy to understand, day-to-day visual examples, thus avoiding complicated linguistic vocabulary found in other books.
PrintIf you’re looking for a dictionary that employs American English in the translations then this is the dictionary for you. Extremely comprehensive and accurate, with a neat definition in English to clarify English terms in the English>Russian section. Better for English speakers than Russian, as no transliterations are given for English words. Not the first book you should buy when you’re starting out in Russian, but a useful reference tool if you’re serious. There are 20,000 entries which contain the conjugation of the verb as well as other forms such as the long and short form verbal adjectives. It includes information on stress too. Online-only alternatives are available, but probably not as complete or accurate. Probably the best conjugation book for an intermediate student. 501 verbs are clearly laid out, and a great deal of example sentences, using a variety of different tenses ensure that you really know how the verbs work in real life. Irregular verbs are dealt with exceptionally well. Possibly better suited to younger learners, this beautiful recently-published book includes plenty of key vocabulary items. The phonetic pronunciations are mostly accurate, but should be treated with caution. Another good picture dictionary, though be aware that it contains some archaisms and even outright errors in a number of places. Based on the Ushakov explanatory dictionary, Ozhegov’s tome has first been published in 1949 and has since gone through over 25 revisions making it the foremost Russian dictionary on the market. The magnum opus of German linguist Max Fasmer, this dictionary remains the most authoritative source for Slavic-languages etymology to this day. A great resource for when you want to dive a little deeper into the history of the words you’ve just learned.
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